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Advanced Materials

Advanced Materials Cluster is a research group in which the researchers emphasizes on the interesting high quality material researches including natural materials and synthetic materials.  Advanced Materials Cluster’s mission is to promote responsible research & development in the functional and modern materials including nanomaterials, bioplastics and biopolymers, porous-structured materials, thin film for agricultural application, advanced application in energy and sensing application

Research Highlights
  • Advanced Functional Bioplastics
  • Biodegradable polymer, porous polymer for medical electronic materials, smart biodegradable film
  • Intermetallics in recycled Aluminium alloy
  • Fibre and composite materials
  • Research and Development of Advanced Materials by Nano-Technology  nanocomposite film  nanofibre-based sensor microarray  for catalyst supports, Carbon nanomaterial
  • High Performance Materials through External Stimulative Bond Forming and/or Bond Breaking System under Specific Controlled Structures
  • the catalyst design

Cluster Director: Assoc. Prof. Ekasit Nisaratanaporn, Ph.D.


Center of Excellence

Center of Excellence on Petrochemical and Materials Technology

Center of Excellence on Petrochemical and Materials Technology (PETROMAT) was established in 1999 under the Science and Technology Postgraduate Education Research and Development Office (PERDO) of the Higher Education Commission, Ministry of Education. PETROMAT has eight partner institutions from four universities (Chulalongkorn University, Kasetsart University, Silpakorn University and Suranaree University of Technology). The mission of PETROMAT is to empower R&D of the Petrochemical and Materials Industries with the expertise of the PETROMAT’s research network. PETROMAT current research focuses on four directions: 1) High Performance and Smart Materials, 2) Sustainable Petrochemicals, 3) Materials for Future Energy, and 4) Green Petrochemical Industries.

Research Highlights

1. Research Program: Development of Bio-based Materials from Agricultural Wastes / Product

  • Development of Novel Materials from Local Fiber Plants or Agricultural wastes
  • Development of Bioplastics Products for Modern Lifestyles
  • Development and Value-adding of Natural Rubber Products for Sustainable Lifestyle

2. Research Environmental Management for Petrochemical Industry

  • Development of Petrochemical Process System Engineering Program: Development of Process Simulation and Optimization.
  • Petrochemical Process Simulation and Optimization
  • Green Environmental and Sustainable Petrochemicals
  • Capture and Utilization of Green House Gases for Green Petrochemicals

3. Research Program: Development of Petrochemical Technology for High Value-added Industry

  • Clean Production of Petrochemicals from Alternative Non-Petroleum Based Raw Materials for Sustainable Future of Petrochemical Industry
  • Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Ethane in a Fluidized Bed Reactor
  • High-Value Added Products from Oil Palm

4. Research Program: Development of Processes and Catalysts for Renewable and Future Energy

  • Development of Processes and Catalysts for Biofuels
  • Development of Catalysts and Processes for Fuel Cell
  • Development of Materials for Energy Harvest and Storage Technology

5. Research Program: Development of Advanced Materials for Sustainability

  • Development of High Performance Materials and Applications
  • Development of Sensors for Health and Safety
  • Development of Functional Materials for Aging Society
Key Contact Person

Prof. Pramoch Rangsunvigit, Director of PETROMAT.

Tel.: +662-218-4171; Fax: +662-611- 7916;


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Center of Excellence on Catalysis and Catalytic Reaction Engineering

The Center of Excellence on Catalysis and Catalytic Reaction Engineering is the leading research center in the field of catalysis in Thailand. Currently, there are eight faculty members, 25 doctoral and 60 Master students, and five postdoctoral researchers. The ongoing research topics cover a diverse range within the catalysis field, including Ziegler-Natta and metallocene catalysts, hydrogen production, ethanol conversion, selective hydrogenation, selective catalytic reduction of the oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide oxidation and photocatalysis. With a number of analytical instruments available in the center and numerous funding sources from both government and industrial partners, our group accomplishes interdisciplinary research aimed at establishing the relationship between catalytic activity and its structure so as to enable highly efficient catalyst design.


Research Highlight
  • Selective acetylene hydrogenation over Pd-Ag/TiO2 catalysts
  • Anchoring of TiO2 onto polymer sheets for photocatalytic application
  • Deposition of visible-light active TiO2 films using magnetron sputtering
  • Synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles via sol-gel, solvothermal and flame spray pyrolysis processes
  • Preparation of Ziegler-Natta catalysts for ethylene polymerization
  • Synthesis of LLDPE over a zirconocene/MMAO catalyst supported on SiO2
  • Pd catalyst supported on surface-modified TiO2 for the solvent-free selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol
  • Liquid phase hydrogenation of 1-heptyne over Pd-Au catalyst supported on TiO2
Key Contact Person

Dr. Akawat Sirisuk


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Research Unit

Chemical Engineering Research Unit on Value-Adding of Bioresources

Chemical Engineering Research Unit on Value-Adding of Bioresources was established in 1987 as a research division in the Department of Chemical Engineering, and has excelled in vast research areas that range from enzyme technology, biofuel, biomaterial, biomedical engineering, biomass conversion, bioprocess, bioseparation to waste treatment and biosensors. The research unit aims to enhance Thailand’s capability and competitiveness via the utilization of natural resources through research innovation and excellent teaching.

Research Highlights

1) Bioseparation, including extraction and purification, of natural bio-active compounds from plants and microalgae; application of sub- and super-critical fluids for extraction of natural active compounds and for biomass conversion for the production of fuels and high-value chemicals; and the development of carbon-based catalysts for bio-refineries (Prof. Dr. Artiwan).

2) Nanocomposites for applications in biosensors. Types of materials developed include conductive polymer/gold nanoparticles, mesoporous silicas/gold nanoparticles, mesoporous silica/graphene for detection of triglyceride, glucose, Leptospirosis, phenol and pesticides. (Associate Prof. Dr. Seeroong).

3) Biofuels and biomaterials, including chitosan/cellulose composites, nano-cellulose based biomaterials, natural rubber composites and pervaporation membranes (Associate Prof. Dr. Muenduen).

4) Development of compact and low-cost recirculating aquaculture systems for high density cultivation in Thailand and neighboring ASEAN nations. Microalgae cultivation in photobioreactors for the production of high valued chemicals from byproducts from agricultures and agro-industry. Biological wastewater treatment (Associate Prof. Dr. Kasidit).

5) Biomaterial, edible coating, postharvest technology, and controlled release drug delivery systems (Assistant Prof. Dr. Sorada).

6) Nanoparticles for pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications; Multifunctional and multinuclear micro/nano-particles for drug delivery systems; Micro-fabricated engineered particles; Polymeric super-absorbents for slow-release active materials; and Biofuel fermentation (Dr. Chutimon).

7) Modeling of turbulent multiphase flows; chromatographic purification of free lutein using computational fluid dynamic modeling; simulation of mixing tank for the production of fruit coating solution; computational fluid dynamic simulation of ZnO nanoparticle synthesis. (Dr. Pimporn).

Key Contact Person

Associate Prof. Dr. Seeroong Prechanont (left)

Prof. Dr. Artiwan Shotipruk (right)

Contact information

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Phone number: 6622186868, 6622186860

Group Members

1) Prof. Dr. Artiwan Shotipruk

2) Associate Prof. Dr. Seerong Prechanont

3) Associate Prof. Dr. Muenduen Phisalaphong

4) Associate Prof. Dr. Kasidit Nootong

5) Assistant Prof. Dr. Sorada Kanokpanont

6) Dr. Chutimon Satirapipatkul

7) Dr. Pimporn Ponpesh

Sensor Research Unit

The Sensor Research Unit at Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University conducts fundamental research with target industrial applications. Our in-depth fundamental knowledge has transformed research findings into innovations, patents, product prototypes and commercial products with added value. Our current research areas includes (i) the structural controlled synthesis of metal nanostructures with special properties, (ii) highly sensitive molecular chemical sensors, (iii) optical sensors for agricultural, food and medical applications and (iv) point-of- care sensors and mobile microscopes based on smartphone technologies. Based on our fundamental research, we have filed more than 10 patents, transferred our nanotechnology to five Thai companies, and assisted and helped develop more than 10 commercial nanotechnology-enabled products. We have assisted and supported our former graduates to establish two tech start-up companies to conduct business related to their research.

Research Highlights

Molecular characterization by infrared spectroscopy, raman spectroscopy, surface-enhanced raman spectroscopy (SERS), tip-enhanced raman spectroscopy (TERS) and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) spectroscopy

Development of an optical sensor for agricultural, food and medical applications Synthesis and commercial applications of structural controlled metal micro/nanostructures Design and development of digital microscopes and mobile sensors from smartphones and tablets Development of the Lab-on- Phone technology for education, medical and industrial applications

Key Contact Person

Professor Dr. Sanong Ekgasit

Telephone: +662 218 7588

Fax/Phone: +662 218 7585


Surface Coatings Technology for Metals and Materials (SURFMET) Research Unit

The SURFMET research unit focuses on the development of surface coating technology for metals and materials, including functional coatings, smart coatings and decorative coatings. These surface coating materials have received a high level of attention in the academic sectors, and are important for various key industries of the country, including the automotive, petrochemical, agricultural, jewelry and electronic industries.

Research Highlights

The research unit team collaborative performs research related to surface coating technology. Some of the research works include:

(1) Electroless Ni-P coatings have been developed for chemical sensor applications. The coatings exhibit a high sensitivity to detect sorbitol, and hence are useful for medical diagnosis, such as diabetic analysis.

(2) Electrogalvanized zinc coatings are employed for corrosion protection. The investigation of the relationships between detailed microstructure, corrosion behavior and process parameters led to a crucial understanding of ways to improve the properties of these industrially-very- important coating materials.

(3) Diamond composite coatings exhibit a high hardness and high wear resistance, and so they can be used in cutting tool applications. The research developed an effective processing method for fabricating the coatings and provided the mechanistic views for engineering the materials’ properties.

Key Contact Person

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yuttanant Boonyongmaneerat

Conductive and Electroactive Polymers (CEAP)

The Conductive and Electroactive Polymers Research Unit (CEAP) has been supported by the Ratchadaphiseksomphot Endowment Fund and Thailand Research Fund since 2003, with the objective to provide our graduate students with a strong science and technology background, especially as it relates to the area of conductive and electroactive polymers, both for their educational enrichment and for the development of practical applications for the industrial sector. The scope of the CEAP covers conductive polymers and zeolites for gas sensors, conductive polymers and polymer hydrogels or biopolymers for actuator applications, electric field-driven drug controlled release, and polymer membranes for methanol fuel cells and vanadium batteries.

Research Highlights

  • Conductive polymers and zeolites for gas sensors
  • Conductive polymers and polymer hydrogels or biopolymers for actuators applications
  • Electric field-driven drug controlled release
  • Polymer membranes for methanol fuel cells and vanadium batteries Sources of Funding: Ratchadaphiseksomphot Endownment Fund of Chulalongkorn University, Thailand Research Fund (TRF), and Royal Thai Government
Key Contact Person

Professor Dr. Anuvat Sirivat

Tel.: +662-218- 4131, +668-1480- 0478

Fax: +662-611- 7221


Packaging Design and research Unit

The Packaging Design and Research Unit has facilities for making packages such as folding carton, tray, box and flexible bags/pouches for food, drinks and other products. Our customer mainly is local people who own OTOP business or other products made from local resources in Saraburee province and area around. In addition, we provide doing research based on the request of customers who want the environmental-friendly packages or convenient  packages. Design and printed images on packages are also necessary to play an important role to attract consumers in supermarket. Our research also involves how to properly adjust the image files before printing such as edge enhancement, saturation and brightness to become the print with most preference.

Research Highlights

1. Color Saturation Transformation Effect on Printed Image Quality

2. Consideration on Object Dependence of Edge Enhancement Effect from Human Recognition Process

Key Contact Person

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aran Hansuebsai


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Computational Chemistry Unit Cell

The computation chemistry research unit, formally named “Computational Chemistry Unit Cell”, was established in1988. The aim of the research unit is to carry out computational chemistry based research to gain insight and give support to various fields of scientific research, such as catalysis, drug discovery, novel materials and health and biology related issues. The computational chemistry research in Thailand started here and today we have more than 100 researchers in this field. The research unit is part of the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science.


Research Highlight
  • Chemical and Bio-chemical process: multifunctional reactor, reactive distillation, spray dryer, encapsulation technology
  • Process design, control and optimization: model predictive control, neural network, dynamic optimization, energy and exergy analyses
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Fuel cell technology: solid oxide fuel cell, proton exchange membrane fuel cell
  • Hydrogen production process: sorption-enhanced reforming, thermal coupling process, electrolyzer
  • Carbon dioxide caption: calcium looping process, chemical looping combustion
  • Renewable energy: biomass conversion, bio-fuels
  • Energy storage: zinc-air battery, vanadium redox flow battery







Key Contact Person

Assistant Professor Vudhichai Parasuk


Research Highlight

Photoactive Organic Materials for Optoelectronic Applications and Clean Energy Conversion

Development of organic photosensitizing materials for optoelectronic applications, especially solar cells and photoelectrochemical catalysts for carbon dioxide transformation

Research Highlights
Development of Porphyrin Photoactive Derivatives, and Investigation of Their Properties Towards Light Harvesting Applications; Organic Photoactive Porphyrin-based Materials for Environmental and Biomedical Applications; Development of Oligopyrrole Derivatives for Using as Photoactive Materials in Solar Cells and Photocatalysts
Key Contact Person

Associate Professor Dr. Patchanita Thamyongkit



Surface and Material Chemistry

Adsorption and reaction of gases and/or small molecules on surfaces of metal oxides (TiO2, ZnO, ZrO2 and BeO), carbon nanomaterials i.e. graphene, carbon nanotube (CNT), their element-doped surfaces and metal organic frameworks (MOFs) such as zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs) have been theoretically investigated. Physicochemical properties of all studied materials have been assessed and analyzed for applications of storage and sensing of gases and/or small molecules i.e. applications on energy, environment, and catalysis.

Research Highlights

1. Hydrogen storage on capped (3,3), (4,4) and (5,5) single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and their structures decorated by Pt atom and Ptn clusters (n=2–4)

2. Gases sensing of element-doped zirconia nanoparticle (ZrO2–NP)

Key Contact Person

Professor Dr. Vithaya Ruangpornvisuti

Tel.: +662-218-4171; Fax: +662-611- 7916;



Materials and Bio-Interfaces

We are actively studying a range of topics including drug delivery, advanced biomaterials and medical devices. Our interests include:

− strategies to bring macromolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids into cells for a range of applications including therapeutics, prophylactics and biological investigations

−a range of advanced medical devices, e.g., medical foam and silicone with sustained drug release, and absorbable microneedles.

− hybrid inorganic-organic materials, e.g., hybrid sunscreening agents and upconverting nanoparticles

− encapsulation platforms for natural product extracts (commercialized products include curcumin nanoparticles, mangostin nanoparticles and thymol nanoparticles)

− nano/micro-containers to prolong the stability of nutrients, e.g., polyunsaturated oils for aquaculture industry, aroma components for food industry

Research Highlights


Anticancer polymer

Delivery systems for nutrients and food aroma

Drug delivery

Key Contact Person

Professor Dr. Supason Wanichwecharungruang



Novelty in Analytical Chemistry for Innovation of Detection

Research interests in our group focus on novelty in analytical chemistry for innovative of detection featuring the development of the electrochemical sensors based on the variety of modified electrode materials. Moreover, our research focuses on development of paper-based analytical devices (PADs) which have potential to be a good alternative for point-of-care testing. Our group has firstly developed PADs coupled with electrochemical detection for simultaneous determination of multiple biological compounds. To be more useful, combination of electrochemical and colorimetric detection on PADs for the rapid screening of contaminant compounds has been developed. The applications for these portable sensing devices concentrate on food, environmental and clinical diagnosis.

Research Highlights
Electroanalytical Chemistry; Chemical sensors and Biosensors; Electroanalytical Immunosensor; Microfluidic Device, Flow-Based System; Paper-based Analytical Device
Key Contact Person

Professor Dr. Orawon Chailapakul



Material advancement via proficient synthesis

My research group has been working on the design and synthesis of fluorescent chemosensors and optoelectronic materials from polyaromatic building blocks. For potential uses in food and environmental analysis, those building blocks are synthetically modified with selective receptors for heavy-metal ions, biological components, explosive chemicals, and proteins. The sensing mechanism and fluorescent properties of the fluorescent transducer are also thoroughly investigated. In addition, we are also interested in the synthesis of new materials with potential applications in optoelectronic devices such as Organic Light-Emitting Diodes.

Research Highlights

1. Fluorescent sensors for chemical analysis in food and environment

2. Optoelectronic materials from polyaromatics

Key Contact Person

Assoc. Prof. Dr.Paitoon Rashatasakhon


Functional Polymer for Biotechnology and Biomedical Applications

Polymeric materials recently emerge as versatile functional platforms for advanced biotechnological applications ranging from biosensor to tissue engineering. By employing controlled polymerization process, chain length, functional group density, architecture and composition of the polymer can be conveniently tailored. Specific function such as antifouling, cytocompatibility, cell specificity can also simultaneously be incorporated via chemical post-functionalization modification.

Research Highlights

1. Polymer-stabilized metal nanoparticles (namely AuNPs, AuNRs, MNPs, QDs) for drug/gene carriers, biomarker/bacterial separation and detection and bioimaging

2. Bioactive/responsive surfaces for cell sheet/artificial skin fabrication, bone tissue regeneration, antifouling/antibacterial medical devices, and paper-/polymer gel-based biosensor

3. Self-assembled nanostructures driven by hydrophobic or nucleobase-induced supramolecular interactions for drug/gene delivery

Key Contact Person

Associate Professor Dr.Voravee Hoven



Industrial Fermentation Technology Research Group

Biobased chemical and biofuels is now the research agenda we are focused on in the industrial fermentation group. The research problems are emphasized on the industrial demand. Here we establish the technology platform for industrial use by designing and running pilot scale fermentation and downstream processing using the basic knowledges and core principles we determined from the laboratory scale studies. With the readiness, in terms of the research facilities (from lab scale to pilot scale laboratories) and the well-trained manpower, along with the strong collaboration with the industries at both national and international levels, we have successfully conducted several works that impact on the biobased industry.

Research Highlight

Bioplastics and biofuels from biobased feedstocks are currently the main focus in the industrial fermentation research group. We have attempted to understand the metabolic behavior of the microorganisms of interest in order that we can identify the key process parameters that control the fermentation process performance. Besides that, we realize that simple yet reproducible operation is mandatory in the fermentation process development. From the two principles mentioned above, the fermentation platforms that we have developed can be transferred for use at both the laboratory and industrial scales. One successful case is the lactic acid fermentation platform that we have developed together with PTT Global Chemical, Plc. under the industrial/university linkage program to serve the bioplastic industry.

Besides the strong research and development collaboration with PTTGC, our research group has conducted several fermentation platforms that serve industrial purposes. These include:

  • Technology validation for bioethanol from sugarcane molasses and cassava based feedstocks under the collaboration with NEDO (Japan) and Iwata Chemicals, Ltd. (Japan). National Innovation Agency was the project coordinator.
  • Technology transfer for bioethanol production from cassava pulp to Eiam Burapa, Ltd. National Innovation Agency is the project coordinator.
  • Research Agreement to develop the pilot scale fermentation platform for making bioplastic from bacteria. This research program has been financially subsidized by National Innovation Agency and Mitr Phol Group.
  • Research Agreement to screen and identify the potential bacterial isolates specifically produce lactic acid. This research program has been both financially and technically subsidized by Musashino Chemical Laboratories, Ltd. (Japan).


Key Contact Person

Associate Professor Nuttha Thongchul, Ph.D.



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